Saturday, October 17, 2009

butterfly bliss

Happy Saturday everyone. Another gray day here. The day started out with a little sunshine, but it didn't last very long. Last night before I went to bed, I checked out the inspiration challenge on SCS and found a very cool website to be inspired by. So this morning I went back and chose this butterfly image as my inspiration. Although I really like black and white cards, I love the pop an accent of red adds, so that's what I did with mine.

I started by die cutting some ovals with nestabilities and my cuttlebug. Then I stamped the butterfly from Flores Suaves (SU Spanish supplement) once on the smallest oval and once on another piece of white cardstock. I colored them with a red prismacolor pencil and gamsol. After cutting out the 2nd butterfly, I glued it over the one on the oval and popped up the wings.

I cut a piece of white and used a scallop border punch on both edges and glued two pieces of red grosgrain ribbon on it and then adhered that to a black card base. I added a black dot to each scallop.

The sentiment comes from an old SU set called Noteworthy. I layered the ovals together and popped them up on the card base.

Because the inspiration piece came from the crochet category on the site, I was going to use one or more crochet flowers, but just couldn't get them to look right. So I decided to use some punches to make the flowers. The petals are a Martha Stewart hydrangea punched 4 times for each flower. I scored down the center of each individual petal, sponged the edges with red, then folded a bit along the score lines and glued 4 together. The flower centers a 1/4" black punched cardstock. For the leaves, I punched some white 5-petal flowers, cut the petals apart, and used the same process as the flowers, but with black ink. Each flower is popped up with dimensional tape. There is really a lot of dimension on this card, although the camera doesn't pick it up.

It took me several hours to make this card, because I had a hard time getting it to come together, but I really love how it turned out.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have a wonder-filled day.


Starla said...

Lovely Melody. Love b/w with the pop of red...I'm sure the dimension IRL just makes this card WOW

Shazza said...

a beautiful card and thank you for the birthday smiles you sent via SCS

Susan (rainy) said...

WOW!! This is gorgeous, Melody. I loved the site for the IC on Saturday and so wanted to play, but no time. You have made a stunner here!

Dawn Mercedes said...

I love Noteworthy for those little words. wow!